May 9, 2009
Indifferent miniatures of 14th century books
To one not knowledgeable about miniature paintings one might be drawn to the pictures in this "salesman" booklet of Quarich, who was the premier book seller of the time and who generated many catalogues of books he had for sale. However I found this small booklet of 46 pages to be disappointing in that the colors were drab and faded, being reproductions Quarich had made to promote his books for sale. The actual drawings were amateurish and anatomically incorrect in some places. What was most disturbing though was the various areas of blurring which did not appear to be a scanning problem, as there was no uniformity in areas blurred. For the most part these were illustrations for non-religious books, and perhaps the norm for illustrations of the day as maybe only the greatest of illustrators worked on the religious manusripts.
There is no text with the pictures other than to state what book they were derived from that presumably Quarich had for sale.